It may not be popular in South Africa, but it is still important to pay your SABC TV licence and to do this, you first need to first check your balance and know the payment options, including bank details.
Fortunately, the state-owned broadcaster has made this information readily available on its various platforms. This article summarises the relevant details for your ease of reference.
SABC TV licence balance check
You can do your SABC TV licence balance check on your cellphone. Simply SMS your ID number or TV licence number to 44210. You will then receive an SMS showing your balance. The standard SMS rates will apply.
Alternatively, you can check your balance by registering online on the SABC’s TV licence platform. You will need to provide your details such as ID or passport number, TV licence number, email address and cellphone number. Once you have successfully registered and logged in, your balance will be displayed on your profile.
SABC TV licence payment options
There are several SABC TV licence payment options, including online and at more than 10,000 pay points across South Africa. These pay points include retailers that use Easypay or banks/ATMs.
To pay TV licence online, visit the SABC’s licence platform and login to your account. This option requires you to use your debit or credit card details, so make sure you have them ready along with your cellphone for SMS OTPs. If you do not have a profile, click “Register” at the top of the page to open one.
It is easy to find where to pay TV licence because the pay points include the Post Office, banks, retailers, Easypay outlets and Pay At outlets. Retailers include:
- Incredible Connection
- Hi-Fi Corporation
- JD Group Stores
Pay At outlets include:
Easypay outlets include:
- Pick n Pay Supermarkets, Hypermarkets and Family Stores nationwide
- Foodworld, Saveworld and Hypersavers (in the Western Cape)
- Boxer Cash Carry
- Shoprite Checkers
Be sure to have your ID number or TV licence number with you when visiting these outlets to make your payment.
SABC TV licence bank details
If you wish to pay at a bank or ATM, the SABC TV licence bank details are as follows:
- ABSA – Account Number: 2840 000 241, Branch No: 632005
- FNB – Account Number: 620 094 349 87, Branch No: 250 655
- Standard Bank – Account Number: 002 351 234, Branch No: 051 001
- Nedbank – payments can be made over the counter at any Nedbank branch.
In case you wish to make your payment via internet banking or mobile banking, the bank details are as follows:
- Account Name: TV Licences
- Bank Name: ABSA
- Account No: 4050 720 141
- Branch No: 33 51 05
- Reference No: (Use your TV licence account number as your reference number)
- Enter only your correct nine-digit TV licence number in the beneficiary reference field.
And that’s it – you would have fulfilled your obligation and contributed to sustaining the public broadcaster. If you have further inquiries, contact SABC directly.